We are very proud first time Ragdoll parents to a beautiful chocolate boy called Boreas.
We were lucky enough to be chosen as his forever family by a local animal rescue in the UK who found Boreas on an online classified website along with two of his litter mates.
All three were being sold by the breeder at approximately eight weeks old for £10 each, as is, unregistered and unvaccinated due to illness which would require veterinary care. While two had already been adopted, little Boreas was left alone and the rescue immediately took him in; after his first vet visit, he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and needed, at a minimum, one full course of antibiotics.
As we had just adopted another kitten from the rescue one month earlier, we were contacted about the possibility of adopting Boreas as well, and it was love at first sight! After a 14-day course of treatment he was able to be vaccinated, and came to live with us in July weighing in at 1.1 kilograms.
He and his new brother were immediately inseparable, but unfortunately, he continued to be unwell. Further treatments of wormer and probiotic ensued, followed by a battery of tests on a poo sample couriered to the University of Glasgow, and we had our answers: a rare protozoa and an overgrowth of two ancillary bacteria. Three pills a day, 14 days, after which a second round was needed, we are currently in the middle of our second 14-day course, and he is well on his way to 100% health!
Though all of the sickness, vet visits, injections and pills he has never ceased to be a beacon of love and affection; he has such a beautiful, happy spirit it is almost impossible to believe what he’s been through. He has just weighed in at a mighty 2.5 kilograms and is well on his way to catching up with his brother (who is one month older) in terms of size. He loves his crinkle tunnel, sisal mouse, belly rubs and climbing up trees higher than his brother can reach (which sends us into a panic every time)! He is also an acorn connoisseur, carrying them proudly around the garden wherever he goes (picture with one of his favourites attached).
Neither my husband nor I knew anything about Ragdolls before Boreas came into our lives, and now we cannot imagine life without him. Born and discarded in April, rescued in June, re-homed in July, and by September he has already won over our hearts and our home (not to mention nearly doubling in weight in just one month!) - he has come such a long way and managed an awful lot in his five short months on this Earth! We hope that sharing Boreas’ story may help others decide to consider adopting a kitten who may not be textbook perfect, but could still enrich the lives of everyone around them a thousand times over.
P.S. - He came to us unnamed, so we chose Boreas to match his kitten fur. As Boreas is the Greek God of winter and the cold north wind, we thought it may give him an extra boost of confidence ☺️
Looking to adopt a Ragdoll kitten? Check out our book, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.